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of vulgar insolence to counsel, and the feet of conquering armies, must the officers of the Guards, who found not be lost upon us. If there are those themselves questioned and taunted by who think that the danger is remote, a conclave of personages, who would because it does not start up before us, have bowed to the earth before them in the magnitude and armour of rein any other place. Those transac bellion, let them remember the appations have their moral. When the rition that suddenly stalked through reign of the rabble menaces us, it is the palaces of France, the unexpected well to see of what materials our fu- might and gigantic desolation with ture masters are made. The Revolu- which it smote the small and the great tionary tribunal of Paris was made up in the hour of national slumber and of the refuse of society, and we know security. Have we no elements of ruin its wisdom and mercy. The crimes among us ? is not popular violence and the miseries, the tyranny of blood louder, and loyalty more humiliated and the tyranny of power, that signa- than in France ? and if the thunder lized a country within 24 miles of our did burst upon her from a serene sky, own, and which wound up the ca shall we doubt and defy, when the air tastrophe by throwing it twice under is heavy with the cloud?
THE KING'S VISIT TO IRELAND. THERE are few subjects inore grati- official persons, he was received with fying at present to those who are at an enthusiastic burst of joy, coming tached to the King and constitution-- not from the lip only, but swelling that is, God be thanked, to the great from the inmost recesses of the heart. body of the people of all ranks in the The personal reception of the King kingdom-than the result of the regal on the pier was uncourtly indeed, and visit to the Sister Island. The man such as Kings are seldom accustomed ner in which the King came among to meet; but, on that account, the the Irish, and the manner in which more grateful to right feelings. He they received him, are alike gratifying. was received as a friend by his friends, He landed among them unadorned by without servility, but with boundless the splendour of royal parade--unat- affection. He was pressed without tended by courtier, by magistrate, or ceremony, but by men who would soldier-unguarded, save by the loyal have made their bodies a rampart for feelings of an ardent people, and from his protection ;-thousands of hands these feelings he obtained the homage were thrust forward to embrace his in which at other times is yielded to pa- a rude grasp ;—but these hands were geantry, or extorted from awe. Land- all ready to have wielded the sword, ing at a part of the harbour of Dub- or pointed the bayonet, in his cause. lin where he was unexpected, none The procession to the Phænix-Park were prepared to meet him,-none was more like the march of a popular were before him but the casual crowd demagogue, at the zenith of mob-fawhich the dense population of Ireland vour, than of a King on a visit to an exhibits in all its sea-ports ; people of ancient kingdom. Vast, however, was all ranks and conditions mingling in the difference between the feelings of the idleness of a fine Sunday. His a feverish populace, filled with the selperson had been recognized a short fish and polluted sentiments of factime before he landed, and that short tion-breathing hatred and defiance to time was sufficient to pour in the all that is honourable, all that is genneighbouring population of that shore, tlemanly,--and of that multitude, of the harbour, and of the adjoining which, under the impulse of the kindhills, in thousands, to be present at the liest influences,-joyous and unitedreception of the King. The men in angry with no one-inspired with that authority were on the other side, and buoyant enthusiasm which is one of none were to be seen in the crowd at the chief characteristics of the counHowth. The King came to the Irish try,-escorted George the Fourth to people,-and by the people, untaught the capital of Ireland. Their joy was exin the formalities of official ceremony, pressed in a thousand actions *-some and unrestrained by the presence of of them marked by that warm, but co
* One poor fellow, for instance, on seeing the King's carriage pass through the turnpike, on the road to Dublin, hastened to inquire whether the toll had been paid. On
mic affection-which all who have tionality, turn with antiquarian grabeen in Ireland must have observed tulation, are filled with details of regal among her lower orders, and which is splendour and devotedness to the cause ridiculous or pathetic to those who of kings; and the last struggle in witness it according to their feelings which the majority of Irishmen
fought but some distinguished by a delicacy in civil combat, was in favour of one which would have done honour to the who could claim scarce any merit but most chivalrous courtier.
that Nor was the enthusiasm abated during his stay. Wherever he moved, he
A thousand years the royal throne
Had been his father's and his own. was similarly attended-wherever he visited, he was received with equal Republicanism never had a footing rapture. His most trivial sayings were there. In the unhappy disturbances remembered the most ordinary civil- which marked the conclusion of the ities treasured up with gratitude. It last century in Ireland, the Jacobin was not confined to one party, one emissaries had succeeded somewhat in sect, or one district. All were on this grafting their abominable opinions upsubject united. Addresses flowed in on the discontented party, but they from all quarters of the island, most never were seated deeply even among loyal in feeling and expression, and those who rose in actual rebellion. everywhere carried with perfect una- They never liked the mummery of nimity. Even the newspapers, dis- committees, local, general, particular, united as they by their very nature sectional,--of directories, visible or inare, coalesced on this one topic—they visible, of primary assemblies, or frawere, indeed, compelled to do so. ternizing conventions, or the other
Many on this side of the water were bloody buffooneries, which at that perfectly astonished at all this. They time were generating in France. They could not conceive the warm-hearted cared not for the pigeon-holes of Abbe disposition of the Irish—they knew Sieyes or the jargon of his disciples – not the peculiar causes, which occa- indeed they did not understand them. sioned that disposition to be more The original leaders, it is true, thought fully developed than usual. The King that their followers would fight for the came to a people who had never been principles of republicanism ; but, by accustomed to unite in a popular ex woeful experience, they found they pression of satisfaction—the joy of one had misunderstood the feelings of political party there being regarded those whom they had seduced to their with aversion by another-and now ruin. that they found a common cause in
There are other reasons which conwhich both could join, without yield- duced to the general good humour in ing their own views that they found Ireland, that will readily present theman opportunity on which they could selves. Every body who knew any meet in the amity which is longed for thing of the country, predicted it from by all parties—they gave the fullest the moment the King spoke of his inloose to their delighted feelings, and tended visit. But on the writers for vied with one another only in shew- the Whig party, the enthusiam of ing devotion to the Monarch, whose Ireland appears to have burst with presence was the harbinger of mutual terrifying astonishment. They to a conciliation. And besides, royalty has man, from the scowling Scotsman, always been popular in Ireland. Their who bellowed forth his amazement early histories, to which those among with more than usual brutality of inthem who are most proud of their na- tonation, down to the pert prating
being answered in the negative, he paid the money himself, exclaiming, with much indignation, “ Sure it would be a pretty thing to have the King under an obligation to the like of a turnpike-man.” There are many similar stories, as may be seen from the Irish papers. A gigantic fellow rose upon the shoulders of a crowd in Dame-street, and bawled out with stentorian lungs, within a few feet of the King, “ God bless your honest face! Here's half a million of us here ready to fight the radicals for you at the wind of the word !” A more delicate proof of attention was given by the immense crowd who followed him to the Phænix Park. They checked at the gate, and refused to proceed, exclaiming that “ they would not tread on the grass," until the King told then not to mind it.
Cockney scribbler in the Examiner, High Mightinesses of whiggery to were thunder-struck, and recovered call on them for such purposes ; but from the first trance of stupid wonder- they are now undeceived. Indeed, the ment to rail against that country, apathy of the Irish with respect to the which had been a regular common- Queen, in spite of all efforts to rouse place of panegyric, as long as they them in the cause of her whom God thought it a standing pillar of disaf- sent among us as a national humiliafection. But their praise and blame tion, and of course a source of triumph just proves the same thing,--that they to the Whigs, might have startled are completely ignorant of the real them ; but the reception of the King state of Ireland. In that country there has given them final proof that they are no Whigs; and the name of Ra- have no hold on Ireland. Hence come dical is unknown. The feud there is the Jeremiades about the servility of between Protestant and Roman Ca- the Irish; and the Sardonic efforts to tholic, and both unite in utter scorn laugh at the manner in which they so of the Whig faction. The former party warmly expressed their zeal. A great being at all times loyal, must of course chapter is torn for ever from the Whig despise that malignant faction ;--the volume of grievances. It will not do latier, though the furtherance of their any more to talk about the “ unforpolitical views requires that they should tunate condition of that fine country," make use of the assistance of the op- of the “natural feeling of aversion the position spouters, set no value upon Irish must have towards the English them in any other point of view.- Government;" nor to describe IreThey well recollect, that it was a suc land“ as a country that can be held cession of Whig Parliaments and Mi- only by the application of firelocks to nisters that imposed the rigorous pe- the breasts of the inhabitants," nor to nal laws, which were removed on the hint that it never can be happy or accession of a Monarch surrounded harmonious until by Tory counsellors,—and they know that if at present the great body of the The famine shall be filled, and blest the Tories is adverse to Emancipation, it is not froin any dislike or hatred towards them, but from a dread that of the ravening retainers of opposition. the church, which they love, should All that is gone by-all proved as fasuffer in its interests, —and they are bulous as the wings and tails which well aware, that the Whigs, having no were of old reckoned as characteristic such feeling, being indeel men who marks of Irishmen. Indeed, if the would not care a farthing whether King's visit did no other good to IreChurch and State were sacrificed or land than to shew that she may be vinot, provided their own base ends sited with security by those whom the were answered, clamour now for the ignorant in England are taught to berepeal of laws, which are but a small lieve she regards with aversion—that remnant of the code enacted by their the stories of the personal hatreds and political ancestors, merely with the antipathies of the two great parties to hungry hope of attaining place by so each other are mere falsehoods—that doing. The Whigs flattered them- the people are not in that state of inselves, however, that the attachment civilization, as the readers and writers of the Roman Catholics was of a more of such books as the Edinburgh Retender and personal nature,—that they view (a work by the way containing, were prepared to go through thick and under the pretence of advocating what thin, with all the dirty work of the it calls the cause of Ireland, more false, party,—that they were ready at all insulting, and ignorant libels on the times to insult the King or annoy his country than any other that could be Government, whenever it pleased their named) have pictured them to their
The Marquis of Londonderry is commonly insulted by the Opposition with his measures while in the Irish cabinet. It is a never-failing topic of vituperation. But see how liis conduct is appreciated on the spot. He was hailed with enthusiasm by the crowd on the street, and his speeches loudly cheered at a dinner party, consisting of people of all sects ! Here is another fine Whig common-place demolished. We pity poor Sir J. Newport. Lord Sidmouth also, anti-catholic as he avowedly is, was treatel with the highest respect and attention by all parties.
imaginations --It would be a fait sub- the conciliation it occasioned, will have jeet of national gratification.
upon the great question which agitates It is hardly worth while to advert Ireland --- Roman Catholic emancipamore fully to the calumnies of the tion. We are of opinion, that it can Whig and Radical press, (for it is operate with respect to it only in one very hard to distinguish one from the way. The Protestant objection to the other) against Ireland. The cause is measure is founded not on any ill will obvious. The loud testimonies of Irish to his brothers of the Roman Catholic loyalty have sufficed to change the Church ; for in fact both parties mix Irish from a "fine” to an “ unmanly" in the most unrestrained intercourses people: and the fermentation has been of private friendship in Ireland, withas rapid as Doctor Lushington's tran- out any of that bitterness which we sition from mourning to mirth, from find sometimes so pathetically lamentthe coffin to the bridal chamber. But ed by writers on this side of the water; had we room, we should examine some but a conviction, grounded on past of the tirades. They were abundantly experience, that as long as the Roman amusing: Cobbet, for instance, with Catholics retain the antipathy to the that intrepid disregard to fact, which established church which they have distinguishes that bright and shining always displayed when in pover, it light of reform, forged a collection of ri- will be unsafe to trust them with of: diculous encomiums on the King full fices which might be turned to the inof blunders and bombast, and gave jury of that establishment. If at any them grávely as extracts from Irish time that spirit shall depart from the papers, and proofs of Irish dull servi- Roman Catholics, Protestant opposility. The Traveller was jocose (it is tion to the measure would instantly fact, reader—the Traveller was jocose) cease. Such, we know, is the prevail. on the warm language of the Irish ad- ing sentiment with respect to it in Iredresses, which its cold blooded writers land. For our part, we wish that all accused of folly in a Babylonish dia- Irelatid dwelt in unity, but that even lect, the stupidity of which was the the hem of the mantle of the church most helpless thing imaginable. The should not be touched but with venereporters of the Times sent over co- ration. Whenever the measure can lumns of calumnious mendacity, al- be carried without danger, we wish it most equalling the egregious lying of carried, and not a moment sooner ; but that paper in the transactions connect- we may hope that such a time will ed with the Queen. The gentlemen of speedily arrive. the press, indeed, did not behave in We repeat, that the Royal visit to many instances as they ought. They Ireland has been gratifying to all good assumed airs of vast consequence; subjects, and we add, that the King and manifestly looked upon themselves could not act more wisely than to visit, as a very superior caste. Even the re- at least annually, the various parts of porter of the New Times, one of the his dominions. This ancient kingdom best conducted papers in the empire, would receive him; if not with such wrote over to his employers that some loud-voiced joy as our enthusiastic of the people introduced to the king neighbours, yet with proud demonstrawere not fit company for him,- for a tions of that deep-seated affection for three guinea a-week reporter to a news- himself and his family which pervades paper ! The thing of course is too ab- the Scottish nation.
His father was surd to require contradiction. And the first king since the expulsion of another genilemán of them, for forget- the Stuarts, who reigned over us as an ting his situation so much as to inter- undivided people; but George the fere at a public dinner, was shewn that Fourth is the first who came to the the Hibernian way of noticing such con- throne with a title acknowledged by duct was to fling the offender out of every party in Scotland. To him is the room, where, perhaps, he at his transferred the steady allegiance of the leisure regretted that he had forgotten adherents of the house of Brunswick, what country he happened to be visit- and the warm and chivalrous devoing
tion of the partizans of the exiled It is infinitely of more consequence family. Wherever he goes he is sure than the ebullitions of Whig anger, to of receiving proofs of attachment. If tonsider what effect the Royal visit, and his personal appearance is sufficient to Vol. X.
give the lie to the infamous caricatures of a city, which contains a hundred vented against him, his personal man- thousand strumpets; and as many ners are sufficient to refute the calum- more of the other sex, just as much nious slanders of the vile and cowardly sunk in the habitual commission of press which insults him. In all the ac- crime. These are of themselves a forcomplishments of head and heart, in all midable crowd; and they are the peothe sterling qualities that can consti- ple who form the multitudes that hal. tute,and all thecourtesies that can adorn looed for the Queen, ar treated his Man a princely character, he is a gentleman jesty with affronts. That they are in the highest sense of that honourable sufficient to keep the real majority of title. The Irish were captivated by the Londoners from expressing their him. No one had the honour of ap- opinions, by the terror of bludgeon or proaching him, who did not return brick-bat, is bad enough, but that TAB proud that such a man was his King. PEOPLE should be accused of sharing Even the populace, to their honour be in the vulgar brutalities of this vile it spoken, appreciated his kindness. body, is not to be endured. Let the Such, we venture to say, would be the King appear among his subjects in all case everywhere. He would see that parts of the empire-let him, as it he was decidedly popular-he would were, appeal to them who truly are see that the corrupt rabble of a wicked the people, and he will find that so metropolis spoke not the voice of the far from their making common cause people. From their situation in the with the polluted crowd of the base capital, the unhallowed rout of prosti- creatures of whom we have spokentutes, pickpockets, felons, and perju- that they detest their proceedings, and, rers, that swarm in the streets of Lon- in spite of all the arts used by the great don—to which, indeed, we might add and little vulgar to corrupt them, they the blockhead body of common-coun- are sound to the very core. That they cil men-have acquired a political are in a word Britons of that stamp, weight, which ought to be no longer who do not forget that the Sacred Votolerated. The sense of the country lume, which still is worn in their should not be collected from the mob hearts, teaches them to
“ FEAR GOD AND HONOUR THE KING."